Our January 2015 Philippines Living Expenses

Once again, the Dream Team has painstakingly kept track of its monthly expenses, in order to better inform our viewers as to how much living in the Philippines actually costs.  An important thing to keep in mind is that you can spend any amount a month in the Philippines.  Want a luxury five bedroom house nestled against a white sand …

Our December 2014 Philippines Expenses

Being an “economic refugee” from the United States, I take pains every month to track our expenses over the course of the last 30 days.  We’ve been doing this since July, and at this point we are averaging about $1,200 USD a month on all of our accumulated expenses.  Keep in mind that this is for two people, and we …

Electricity in the Philippines, Part 2 – Generators, AVR’s and Savings

Ok, so after discussing some of the things you can proactively put into place in order to deal with power irregularities in teh Philippines, let’s take a look at some other factors.   National Power Supply The Philippines makes use of traditional power production (fossil fuel-powered stations) and also relies on geothermal and hydroelectric plants.  With the population of the …

Our November 2014 Monthly Philippines Expense Report

  We get asked quite a bit about how much it costs to live in the Philippines.  Truth be told, the answer is pretty much “It depends.”  If you are expecting to translocate your Western lifestyle over to South East Asia, it’s going to cost quite a bit.  Steaks and other imported foods are very expensive here, “Western” style homes …

Housing in the Philippines – E-Book Excerpt

  Howdy, ya’all.  What follows is an excerpt from our upcoming e-book which should be done around January or so.  I am working on it with two other expats who have been here much longer than I have, so it should be pretty good.  And since Michell and I are house hunting, I thought it would be appropriate to post …

Our Philippines October 2014 Budget

A frequently asked question we get is “How much does it cost to retire or live in the Philippines?”  A lot of these questions come from guys at or nearing retirement (or in possession of a pension and/or retirement) who are seeking a change and trying to research accordingly.  In order to answer these questions, we have been keeping a …

Philippines Halloween Get Together at Ron and Lucy’s

Check out the videos over at our You Tube channel:   Howdy all. Halloween here in the Philippines is a bit different than in the United States.  There, it’s all about dressing up like zombies, hobos, and Hello Kitty and strong arming loads of sugary comestibles off of you neighbors.  Here, they really don’t do all that.  Instead, it’s All …

Utilizing Leverage in Relationships – I Just Can’t Do It

I have these times in my life when something pretty important happens and it stays with me for a long time.  Usually, it’s not actually the actual external event that causes this baggage but my internal reaction to the situation. I guess that’s only normal and part of being a regular, run-of-the-mill human being… Anyways, let’s get down to it. …

Our September 2014 Expense Report

    We get asked all the time how much it costs to retire or live in the Philippines.  Most of these are from people considering retirement to someplace other than Florida or the Mediterranean or just folks who have the capacity to work via the internet and are looking for more exotic locales to do so in.  In order …